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Ideal weight for Indian men & women is 65 kg & 55 kg, says NIN!

By Priti Kumari

NEW DELHI: A nutrition research body of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in its report "Nutrient Requirements for Indians" of 2020 has increased the 'ideal or reference weight' of Indian men and women to 65kg and 55kg from 60kg and 50kg (in its 1998 & 2010 report), respectively.

For redefining the 'ideal or reference weight', the NIN has also altered the age of Indian adult men & women from 20-39 years to 19-39 years. The National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4,2015), National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB,2015-2016), World Health Organisation (WHO,2006-07) and Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP 2015) are the major sources of this data.

The 'Nutrient Requirements for Indians' 2020 also refers to Recommended Dietary Allowances(RDA) and Estimated Average Requirements(EAR). The inception of EAR & Tolerable Upper Limits (TUL) for assessment will surely take India's nutritional status to a new level. As we've talked about the sources of this year's data but the condition was not in the year 1998 and 2010.

As per the data, the 1998 report merely limited to well-to-do strata of society whereas NIN has preferred to take nutritional data solely from 10 states, which was not annotated. Commenting on this, the Union Health Minister asserted, "The RDAs are very important for many national-level health and welfare programmes. With the new additions like EARs and TULs, these are not only useful in evaluating the nutritional status of populations or groups but also in defining the regulation on food fortification and supplementation of nutrients".

The Director-General of the ICMR Dr Balram Bhargava stated, "While rooted in the time-tested practices, ICMR-NIN has always been nurturing creativity and innovation to address the contemporary health and nutrition challenges of the country. These releases and the launch of an innovative data collection programme are reflective of NIN and ICMR's commitment to the cause of nutrition and well-being of our people".

Captivatingly, the report advocated the intake of carbohydrates in one's diet, in its way of recommending 40g/2000kcal as safe fibre-based food intake. Apart from it, the report suggests taking a sufficient amount of calcium, zinc, iron, and so on.

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